By Roger Moore
Special to The Des Moines Register
STILLWATER, Okla. – Third-period takedowns in four consecutive one-point victories from 165 to 197 pounds propelled second-ranked Oklahoma State to an 18-12 dual victory over No. 4 Iowa in front of 5,537 on Sunday afternoon.
Iowa (12-1) led 12-3 after Derek St. John’s 8-4 win at 157 pounds, but the Cowboys’ Tyler Caldwell scored a takedown with 32 seconds remaining to beat Nick Moore at 165 pounds and start a run of five consecutive narrow decisions. The 165-pound bout was not without controversy, as the officials had to check the video replay after a third-period exchange that went in the hosts’ favor.
“It was a classic match with a lot of battles,” Oklahoma State head coach John Smith said. “We did what we needed to do to win the dual. But we made a lot of mistakes that we have to correct from here.
“One takedown in a lot of those matches … but sometimes that is all it is in these matches.”
Top-ranked Chris Perry followed up Caldwell’s win with a 4-3 victory over No. 4 Mike Evans at 174 pounds — the difference was 1:20 of riding time.
At 184, Chris Chionuma used a slick ankle pick with just more than a minute remaining to beat Iowa’s Ethan Lofthouse 3-2 at 184 pounds.
“The coaches have talked to me about believing I belong with these guys at the Division I level,” said Chionuma, a former NAIA champion.” I think today I took a step forward, showed that I can not just compete but beat some of the top guys at the weight class.”
Blake Rosholt, off the mat since Dec. 9 because of an injury, then countered a Nathan Burak shot late in the match for a 3-2 win at 197 pounds.
Oklahoma State’s Alan Gelogaev secured the victory with a 7-3 decision over Bobby Telford at 285 pounds.
“Finishing was the difference today,” Iowa head coach Tom Brands said. “It was the difference between winning the matches and the meet.”
The Hawkeyes built an early lead, thanks to decisions by Matt McDonough (10-4) at 125, Tony Ramos (13-0) at 133, and Mark Ballweg (12-1) at 149.
Ramos battled fellow Illinois product Jon Morrison, ranked fifth, to the wire. He fought off a late takedown attempt in a 3-2 decision.
Oklahoma State’s first win of the dual came at 149 pounds, where top-ranked Jordan Oliver beat Mike Kelly 10-4.
Oklahoma State now leads the all-time series with Iowa, 27-18-2.
OKLAHOMA STATE 18, IOWA 12
125 pounds—Matt McDonough (I) dec. Eddie Klimara, 10-4
133—Tony Ramos (I) dec. Jon Morrison, 3-2
141—Mark Ballweg (I) dec. Julian Feikert, 8-3
149—Jordan Oliver (OS) dec. Michael Kelly, 9-4
157—Derek St. John (I) dec. Alex Dieringer, 8-4
165—Tyler Caldwell (OS) dec. Nick Moore, 3-2
174—Chris Perry (OS) dec. Mike Evans, 4-3
184—Chris Chionuma (OS) dec. Ethen Lofthouse, 3-2
197—Blake Rosholt (OS) dec. Nathan Burak, 3-2
Hwt.—Alan Gelogaev (OS) dec. Bobby Telford, 7-3